Christ’s Hospital Heritage Day 2022

Wednesday 18 May 2022

Friday 28th October – 10.30am to 4pm

Join us on this open day for Old Blues and friends of CH and learn more about the history and heritage of Christ’s Hospital from 1552 to present day!

Enjoy a leisurely day where you will have open access to Christ’s Hospital’s fabulous grounds and the opportunity to visit Big School, Chapel, Dining Hall, the History Library and Christ’s Hospital’s Museum.

Hot and cold food and drink will be available to purchase throughout the day from our on-site snack van or bring a picnic with you to have in Dining Hall.

Please register in advance if you would like to join us on this day.

Visit Our Newly Refurbished Museum

Time: 10.30am to 4pm

Place: 2nd Floor of the Medical Centre (lift available)

Cost: Free

Over the last 12 months Christ’s Hospital’s onsite museum has been undergoing extensive refurbishment. Now, with a bright contemporary gallery space, the museum is displaying a host of new exhibits including original CH wax seals of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, a doll salvaged from the London school in the Great Fire of 1666 and uniquely minted Housey money.

The Museum will be open throughout the day for you to visit, with our team of curators and knowledgeable Old Blue volunteers on hand to answer all your questions about Christ’s Hospital and its history.

Bookable Tours and Talk

Guided Site Walking Tours with Refreshments

Time: 11am and 2.30pm

Place: Meet in Court Room

Cost: £3 per person

If you would like to learn more about the history of Christ’s Hospital, our buildings, paintings and sculptures you can join one of our Museum Curators on a guided site walking tour…………

Did you ever wonder why there are ‘ghost’ figures in the Verrio painting?

Have you spotted the ‘hidden’ Madonna and child in the Brangwyn murals in Chapel?

Discover one of the largest unsupported ceilings in the country when you enter Dining Hall!

Places for the walking tours are limited and must be booked in advanceThey will last approximately one hour, covering a distance of around one mile and will finish at the Court Room with tea, coffee and cake.

You can book places for the guided walking tours during the registration process

Talk on the Brangwyn Murals

Time: 1.30pm

Place: Chapel

Cost: Free

Join our Head Curator, Laura Kidner, in the chapel for a 30 minute talk about the murals you will see around the walls. Commissioned by Christ’s Hospital and painted by Sir Frank Brangwyn (1867–1956), the subject matter was devised by the headmaster of the time, the Revd. Dr A. W. Upcott and follow a procession from the earliest stories of the Church to the conversion of Britain and the mission of the Church of England.

This talk has unlimited places, however advanced booking would be appreciated.

You can book places for the Brangwyn talk during the registration process

Top tip! Visit the CH Museum before or after the talk to view the exhibition of the 7 preparatory sketches for the chapel murals showing Brangwyn’s early planning, changing ideas and inspirations as they evolved.